Arthur LaRue Allen

September 5, 1920December 23, 2013

Arthur LaRue Allen, 93, of Oneonta passed away on Monday December 23, 2013 at the AO Fox Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 5, 1920 in Caton, NY the son of Marion and Anna (Wheeler) Allen.

He married Mary Jean Allen on October 11, 1941, and she predeceased him on July 28, 1993. In 1996, he married Mary Jane (Hendee) Crandall.

A Navy veteran of World War II, LaRue served aboard the USS Essex in the Pacific Theater of operations.

Following his return from the service, he and his father operated a machine shop in the Elmira area. In 1956, he started with IBM in Poughkeepsie, and later was transferred to their Federal Systems Division in Owego. He held several management positions during his 25 year career, and retired in 1981 as a project manager.

Prior to moving to Oneonta in 1994, he lived in Vestal for a number of years. Following retirement, he moved permanently to his summer residence in Valois, NY, where he remained until moving to Oneonta in 1993.

LaRue loved his home in Oneonta, as it bordered the Oneonta Country Club, where he was a member. Any time of the day or early evening you could find him practicing or playing golf in his back yard.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Oneonta American Legion Post 259, BPOE 1312, and the IBM Quarter Century Club.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Allen, currently residing at the Plains; his daughter, Valerie K. Allen of Oneonta; his grandchildren, Mary Michelle (Geoff) Brown of Raleigh, NC, and their children, Payton and Chandler, Kelly (Steve) Sebree of the Bahamas, Ann Marie Grummons of Fuquay Varina, NC, Michael Grummons of New York City, and Ginger (Michael) Aragones of Virginia Beach and their children, Natalie and Jordan.

LaRue is also survived by his sons-in-law, Les Grummons of Oneonta, and Gary Reardon of Valois; his step daughters, Rhonda (Douglas) Willies of Oneonta, and their children, Deidre (Vincent) Berk, and Cheryl (Andrew) Fargher, and Mary Ellen (Mark) Lossi of Oneonta, and their children, Mark and Tina.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Sharon A. Grummons in 2004.

A funeral mass will be offered on Friday January 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM in St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Emmons.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Dr. Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 17, 2014

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Lisa Dyer

February 2, 2014

Val and family, thinking of you and sending blessings and prayers. Honor dad well by living well.

January 18, 2014

So sorry for your loss, will always remember LaRue from the Oneonta Country Club days. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Emilie & Ted Gaisford

Linda Paolella

January 17, 2014

Dear Valerie and Family,
Larry and I are so sorry for your loss. We are grateful to have known LaRue through the years. Our fondest memories are from the lake house even before Larry and I were married. We pray for the Lord's grace and peace to be with you all. Much Love, Linda and Larry Paolella

January 14, 2014

We were sorry to hear of your loss. Please know our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Tracy and Barry

Bill and Phyllis Denny

January 11, 2014

Please accept our deepest sympathies.